If you can believe a new report out of Star magazine, we have our first "confirmed" contestant for Dancing With the Stars Season 16 (which starts Monday, March 18 on ABC): Former Bachelorette Emily Maynard.
An unnamed source told Star (via RadarOnline), "When she signed her contract to be on The Bachelorette, ABC also had her sign on to commit to doing Dancing with the Stars."
This "insider" said Emily loves being in the limelight, adding, "Emily told me the real reason she wants to do the show is to help get herself her own talk show."
All unnamed source stuff should be taken with a grain of salt, but it's not unheard of for ABC to do a Bachelor/DWTS crossover. Season 1 Bachelorette Trista Sutter was on DWTS Season 1, Season 14 Bachelor Jake Pavelka was on DWTS Season 10, and Melissa Rycroft went from The Bachelor Season 13 to DWTS Season 8, then just returned to win DWTS All-Stars Season 15.
We know Emily's a fan of the show, since she tweeted congrats to Melissa, and she and Chris Harrison had fun together at the taping of the DWTS Season 14 finale back in May.
If Emily will dance on Season 16, don't expect ABC or Emily to confirm it anytime soon. This stuff is supposed to be a surprise, with the spring cast often announced in February. We've read plenty of wacky DWTS casting rumors in the past, so this could be another one. Or it could be some good early scoop. Time will tell. One thing we’re pretty sure about: Emily would make those cheesy DWTS costumes look hot.
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